South by Southwest Turns Twenty

From a surprise gigs by the Flaming Lips to newcomers the Shys, hundreds of acts converge on Austin

This year's South by Southwest Music Festival may have been overshadowed by interludes of pouring rain, but spirits remained undampened thanks to a slew of diverse acts -- from Morrissey at the Austin Music Hall to the rebirth of the Libertines (as Dirty Pretty Things) to a much-hyped public chat with rock legend Neil Young. Pushing through the event's largest crowds ever -- more than 10,000 -- here are some highlights, big and small, from the industry's most exhaustive and exhausting event.

Beastie BoysFlaming Lips
Dirty Pretty ThingsSnow PatrolTowers of LondonNeil Young
Shys

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